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Program in the Humanities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Humanities in Action Wednesdays

The Humanities in Action program is our homage to the fourteenth and fifteenth century philosophy of civic humanism. Renaissance civic humanists believed that the combination of education, ethics, and active citizenship in citizens could lead to the creation of a better community. Humanities in Action events honor this tradition by exploring contemporary and potentially controversial topics in a welcoming environment. These compelling lectures, offered in collaboration with the General Alumni Association, have recently been featured on CSPAN (click here to access the videos) and offer participants a chance to explore and grapple with real-world issues.

This spring our Humanities in Action talks focus on controversial issues involving religion in the United States. Topics include evangelical Christian support of Israel, the portrayal of Muslim women in the media, the rise of the American Christian right, the “Prosperity Gospel,” and a defense of Atheism. This summer we focus on the big event of 2014, namely the midterm elections, and the main topic of those elections, “Obamacare.”

All talks run from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Flyleaf Books, 752 MLK Jr. Blvd., in Chapel Hill. There are no preparatory readings for Humanities in Action events.

Program Tuition: Register ahead of time and pay $18.00 per program or pay only $8 if you are a member of the UNC General Alumni Association (GAA). To check your membership status or to join the GAA, please visit or call 800.962.0742. GAA membership is open to all UNC alumni and friends. Tuition is $20.00 for everyone paying at the door.

Advance registrants can take advantage of our special FLYLEAF SEASON PASS – register for all 9 events (4 Spotlight on Scholars lectures and 5 Humanities in Action lectures) for $110.00 ($55.00 for GAA members).

For information about our cancellation policy, discounts, parking, and more, please visit our General Information page.

Secure Online Registration available – click here for details.

Spring 2014 Events (for details, click the title)

Televangelism and the Rebirth of the American Prosperity Gospel
Kate Bowler, Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity in the United States, Duke University Divinity School
April 16, 2014
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Why Atheism?
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics, Department of Philosophy, Duke University
April 23, 2014
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Summer 2014 Events (for details, click the title)

Forecasting the 2014 Midterm Elections
Sarah Treul Roberts, Assistant Professor of Political Science
June 11, 2014
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

An Update on Obamacare: The Promise and Pitfalls of Health Care Reform
Jonathan Oberlander, Professor of Social Medicine, School of Medicine, and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health
June 18, 2014
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Flyleaf Books: Location and Contact Info

752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (Historic Airport Rd)
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Next to Foster’s Market

Monday – Saturday: 9-9
Sunday: 10-5
Phone# (919)942-7373

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